The expression, or rather justification, for questionable decisions goes, ‘If you want to make an omelette, you have to break some eggs’. In the case of Porter Airlines’ proposal to cover the waterfront with jets, the egg could be on the faces of city councillors. Blanketing one of Toronto’s prime tourist features with monster planes is a decision that threatens the viability of one of Toronto’s prime tourist attractions, recreational venues and an important city neighbourhood.
Consider the size of the jet that dwarfs the plane that Porter currently flies. The CS100 is almost twice the volume and weight of the Q400.
|VOLUME COMPARISON M3|
|Cargo/Baggage Volume||23.7 m3||14.22 m3||9.48 m3|
|VOLUME COMPARISON FT3|
|Cargo/Baggage Volume||840 ft3||502 ft3||338 ft3|
|WEIGHT COMPARISON KG|
|Maximum takeoff weight||58,967 kg||29,257 kg||29,710 kg|
|Maximum landing weight||50,802 kg||28,009 kg||22,793 kg|
|WEIGHT COMPARISON LB|
|Maximum takeoff weight||130,000 lb||64,500 lb||65,500 lb|
|Maximum landing weight||112,000 lb||61,750 lb||50,250 lb|
In addition to its size and weight, the jet has a longer range than the Q400: 5,463 km vs 2,522 km.
It doesn’t take rocket or aviation science to figure out that a larger, heavier plane with a longer range is going to expend a great deal more energy. The spin masters behind the jet proposal want us to believe that the jet will whisper through lifting a 130,000 lb aircraft at takeoff and landing it at 112,000 lbs without anyone noticing it.
It’s like believing an ostrich egg omelette is the same size as one made with hen’s eggs.